Beware of the 800 number pop up!

You are clicking a page on the internet and all of the sudden you have a pop up on your screen telling you your computer is infected or has been locked.  It is trying to get you to call a phone number.  There may be a voice telling you to call the number.  You are clicking the “X” but it keeps popping up.  THIS IS A SCAM!

This is probably the most common issue we are seeing from our customers lately.  The 800 number pop up and the fake “Microsoft” technicians calling your home.  Here is a video of the 800 number pop up in action and how you can close it.  DO NOT CALL THE NUMBER!  If one of the scammers calls your house, hang up.

I have seen the damage these people can inflict.  The last customer that I worked with called the number, let them into the computer and then they demanded $250 to “fix” the problem.  She said, “no thanks” and they locked her out of her computer with a registry password.  Then kept calling back every day or two to ask for the $250 to tell her the password.  Beware!

Below is a video I made showing one of these pop ups and how to remove it…

 

here are some examples of other 800 number popups…

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